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28 Nov 2001

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REGION’S GOLF COURSES RECEIVE WORLD RECOGNITION

The North West is to find out this week whether it has scooped an international tourism award for the variety and quality of its world-famous golf courses.

The North West of England is one of just 18 areas throughout the world nominated for the Established Golf Destination in the Year Award in the competition organised by The International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO).

Other nominees include Portugal, Spain, France and Greater Ford Lauderdale in the United States. Scotland and Ireland are also in the running.

IAGTO is the trade association of the global golf tourism industry and its membership includes 500 accredited golf tour operators, golf resorts, hotels, golf courses, airlines and tourist boards in more than 50 countries.

As England’s Golfing Capital, Southport is the heart of the region’s golf scene with at least 15 courses, six of championship standard, within half an hour’s drive of the town centre.

Tony Corfield, head of Sefton Tourism, said: “This is fantastic news for the North West and its golfing product. To receive such recognition at an international level shows that the area’s reputation as England’s Golfing Capital is spreading far and wide.

“Golf is an important tourism element and one that is growing rapidly, particularly in the Southport area. Many golfers are now making the resort a short-break or holiday destination where they can not only play superb courses but can also link their stay to the many events and attractions taking place throughout the year.”

The winner will be announced at a gala dinner at the Royal Ballroom of the Sun City Resort in South Africa during the International Golf Travel Market. An announcement of the North West’s nomination is expected shortly.

Article by Julia Brough.

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